Human evolution reading group

SFU’s human evolution reading group meets weekly to discuss interesting new papers that deal with the biological and cultural evolution of humans and our closest relatives. Sessions normally take place between 10:30am and 12pm on Thursdays in the Department of Archaeology, which is on SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus.

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10:30-12:00 Thursday 23-May-19

Target articles
Gonçalves, A. and Carvalho, S. (in press) Death among primates: a critical review of non-human primate interactions towards their dead and dying. Biological Reviews.

Discussion leader
This week’s discussion will be led by Dennis Sandgathe.

Location
Physical Anthropology Laboratory, SFU Department of Archaeology.

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10:30-12:00 Thursday 16-May-19

Target articles
Beheim et al. (submitted) Corrected analyses show that moralizing gods precede complex societies but serious data concerns remain: In reply to “Complex societies precede moralizing gods throughout world history.” Nature.

Slingerland et al. (in press) Historians respond to Whitehouse et al. (2019), “Complex Societies Precede Moralizing Gods Throughout World History.” Journal of Cognitive Historiography.

Whitehouse et al. (2019) Complex societies precede moralizing gods throughout world history. Nature 568, 226-228.

Discussion leader
This week’s discussion will be led by Brea McCauley.

Please note that we will have a special guest this week—Prof. Ted Slingerland of the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. Prof. Slingerland is the lead author of the Journal of Cognitive Historiography paper and one of the authors of the Beheim et al. (submitted) paper. He has kindly agreed to attend the session and give us the inside scoop.

Location
Physical Anthropology Laboratory, SFU Department of Archaeology.

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10:30-12:00 Thursday 09-May-19

Target articles
Chen et al. (2019) A late Middle Pleistocene Denisovan mandible from the Tibetan Plateau. Nature 01-May-19.

Chang et al. (2015)The first archaic Homo from Taiwan. Nature Communications 6, 6037.

Discussion leader
This week’s discussion will be led by Jon Harding.

Location
Physical Anthropology Laboratory, SFU Department of Archaeology.

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10:30-12:00 Thursday 02-May-19

Target article
Détroit et al. (2019) A new species of Homo from the Late Pleistocene of the Philippines. Nature 568, 181-186.

Discussion leader
This week’s discussion will be led by Mark Collard.

Location
Physical Anthropology Laboratory, SFU Department of Archaeology.